World War II

The American Air Power Museum has unveiled an exhibit honoring women World War II correspondents. CBS 2’s Jennifer McLogan views it here with curator Julia Laura Blum. (Credit: CBS 2)

American Air Power Museum To Honor Female World War II Correspondents

A special honor will be bestowed upon a group of women this Memorial Day weekend. They documented the battle on the front lines of World War II, while at the same time fighting for the right to cover the historic conflict.

05/23/2014

A series of letters written during World War II finally made it into the hands the author's son. (Credit: CBS 2)

Long Lost Letters From World War II Finally Make It To Cedar Grove Family

Some people may see them as pieces of history, but for the loved ones of the now deceased G.I. who wrote them, dozens of letters and keepsakes from World War II are precious memories.

04/29/2014

Officials pose with Johann Conrad Seekatz's "St. Philip Baptizing A Servant Of Queen Kandaki" on Feb. 6, 2014. (credit: U.S. Department Of Homeland Security)

U.S. Officials Return Painting Stolen By Nazis During World War II To Poland

The Johann Conrad Seekatz painting — titled “St. Philip Baptizing A Servant Of Queen Kandaki” — was looted from the Polish National Museum in Warsaw in 1938.

02/06/2014

John LaPuzz was awarded the Purple Heart for his service during World War II (Credit: CBS 2)

World War II Veteran From New Jersey Receives Purple Heart Award

The presentation of the award, for being wounded in combat, was made by Rep. Bill Pascrell, who worked to correct the oversight.

01/17/2014

Robert Passanisi was one of 200 American soldiers who survived a dangerous mission in the Burmese jungle during World War II. (credit: CBS 2)

Merrill’s Marauder Tells Tale Of Heroic World War II Mission

In 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked the nation for volunteers for a “secret and dangerous mission.” Three thousand young men volunteered. Just 200 of the Army rangers came home.

11/11/2013

Nazi flag (credit: ClipArt.com)

Protesters Call For Ouster Of Reputed Nazi War Criminal Living In Queens

Palij worked as an armed guard at an SS slave labor camp for Jews in Nazi-occupied Poland during World War II and helped keep prisoners from escaping, according to court documents.

11/10/2013

Nicholas Oresko is honored at a service Oct. 10, 2013 in Paramus, N.J. (credit: CBS 2)

World War II Hero Nicholas Oresko Laid To Rest

Those who eulogized Oresko spoke about his humility, his infectious smile, the way he could clear a dance floor, his signature bow tie and his hatred of broccoli.

10/10/2013

Medal of Honor recipient and New Jersey resident Nicholas Oresko. (Credit CBS 2)

Oldest Living Medal Of Honor Recipient Nicholas Oresko Dies At 86

The Bayonne native received the Medal of Honor from President Harry Truman on Oct. 30, 1945. While serving as an Army Master sergeant, the badly wounded Oresko single-handedly took out two enemy bunkers during the Battle of the Bulge and killed 12 German soldiers.

10/05/2013

Swinburne Island is seen from Chopper 880 - July 10, 2013 (credit: Tom Kaminski / WCBS 880)

Check It Out: NYC’s Abandoned Swinburne Island

New York City is full of little nuggets of history long abandoned. Among them is the small, artificial Swinburne Island, located in New York Bay east of Staten Island.

07/10/2013

Purple Heart Returned To World War II Hero's Family (credit: CBS 2)

Purple Heart Returned To World War II Hero’s Family On Long Island

The medal was award to Staff Sgt. Arnold Haapala, originally from Elmont, who was killed in the invasion of Normandy during World War II.

07/02/2013

Bay Head, N.J. (file / credit: Borough of Bay Head)

Suspected Mine Detonated In Surf Off Jersey Shore

A plume of water shot about 125 feet in the air and a boom echoed through town Wednesday as a military explosives team detonated a suspected mine that a diver had discovered partially buried in sand in the Atlantic Ocean.

06/26/2013

Walter Contreras in front a plane for which he served as mechanic (via Bob Contreras)

Stories From Main Street: Mamaroneck Man Searches For Remains Of World War II Hero In Long Island Sound

When the weather is clear, chances are that you will find Bob Contreras from Mamroneck crisscrossing the Long Island Sound near Rye and Greenwich, searching for a missing plane and a World War II hero.

06/17/2013

A military honor guard carries the casket of the late Senator Frank Lautenberg. (Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Frank Lautenberg, Senate’s Last World War II Vet, Buried At Arlington

The Democrat from New Jersey served in the Army Signal Corps during the war. He spent nearly three decades in the Senate and was its oldest member when he died Monday at 89, after suffering complications from viral pneumonia.

06/07/2013

Alice Lovejoy (credit: Handout)

L.I. Museum Honors Female Pilot Killed In Line Of Duty During World War II

Scarsdale native Alice Lovejoy was killed on Sept. 13, 1944 in a midair collision over Texas.

05/27/2013

CBS 2's Cindy Hsu sits down with Honor Flight LI director Chris Cosich and WWII veteran Jim Higgins. (credit: CBS 2)

World War II Veteran, Program Director Discuss Honor Flights

Honor Flight is a program that flies World War II veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit the World War II Memorial in person.

05/26/2013

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